Chris Wilder has insisted, in comments reported by the Sheffield Star, that Jack O’Connell is going nowhere amid speculation linking the Sheffield United centre-back with Tottenham Hotspur.
O’Connell has been outstanding for the Blades this season. Wilder’s men boast the second-best defensive record in the Premier League, and the 25-year-old has started every single game.
And it appears that his form has not gone unnoticed.
The Sunday People (19/1; page 49) reported at the weekend that Spurs want O’Connell.
Jose Mourinho is preparing for life after Jan Vertonghen, and it was suggested that O’Connell is being considered as a potential replacement.
But it appears that Tottenham have a battle on their hands if they hope to sign O’Connell. Wilder explained that he is confident that the defender has no desire to move.
“Jack has been amazing, he’s going nowhere. Nobody’s going anywhere,” he said, as reported by the Sheffield Star.
“There’s talk in the papers and I do know at times where it comes from. But we’re protected and the boys are enjoying their football.
“They don’t produce performances like tonight if they don’t want to be here.”
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O’Connell has been at Bramall Lane since their most recent season in League One. He has played a key role in their journey back to the top flight.
So you could certainly understand why he would want to stay exactly where he is.
The Blades are currently seventh in the table, so there are few signs suggesting that their progress is coming to a halt.
When it does, he may want to consider his options. But perhaps that may not deter Tottenham from making a move should they decide that he can replace Vertonghen in the future.